That could change drastically if apps become cloud-based.
Industry experts are anticipating mobile cloud computing, or mCC, to overtake traditional downloadable app deployment by the year 2014. Instead of installing applications directly onto the hardware, the mobile phone app user will have his or her data processing, storing, and manipulating done via a cloud network based in a Southern California or New Jersey data center, or wherever the closest cloud-server base happens to be. Apps that subscribers use today are already employing cloud computing, including the Facebook app for Android and most email applications for mobile phones.
When it comes to games and other high-speed necessary apps, however, there’s still work to be done.
Several mobile solutions services are currently working on ways to perfect the currently clumsy cloud transition process for phone-based apps. Part of the problem will be solved as networks themselves grow faster, but so far companies like AppMobi, FeedHenry, and RhoMobile are building and even offering mobile browsers for accessing apps through the websites of their publishers.
For talented developers, the integration of cloud computing means that they are going to service the nearing supernova of web-based app demands. There are a lot of worries as to how Google, Apple, and other mobile network operators are going to react to the third-party app business cutting into their direct moneymaking equation. The anticipated explosion of data usage is why most mobile service providers are eliminating unlimited data usage plans, but that’s only going to be a short-term solution. Ultimately, there’s going to need to be an understanding as to how everybody still gets their fair share when apps primarily become the stuff of the web.
No matter what, there’s going to be big demand for web developers to join the mobile phone app machine in the near future. The apps they can create will cross over all platforms and be accessed virtually by anybody at anytime. With cloud computing, web developer limitations in mobile app creation will become a thing of the past.